Fallen Hero Obituary

Law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Massachusetts

Officer William Berte Age: 28 years old Tour: 3 years Springfield Police End of Watch: Monday, January 8, 1973
Obituary
Officer Berte was shot and killed by another officer in the department's garage.

Patrolman Berte had gone to the police garage to pick up a cruiser. He and a patrolman assigned to the garage began arguing as they filled his cruiser with gasoline. The argument turned into a scuffle, and the patrolman was shot with a service revolver. He died at Wesson Memorial Hospital. The other officer was charged with murder.

Officer Berte had served with the Springfield Police Department for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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